DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s being called “Hats Against Hunger” and the fundraiser benefiting Forgotten Harvest Food Bank is all thanks to the nation’s top hat maker who calls Metro Detroit home. WWJ’s Kathryn Larson has the story and what you can do to get involved.

They’re known for what they do with food — not fashion. But Forgotten Harvest is entering the style world thanks to Luke Song, the Metro Detroiter behind the hats that everyone from the British Royals to Aretha Franklin wear with pride.

“There’s a lot of customization going on so when I do make a hat for somebody, it should fit like a glove,” said Song.

From fascinating feathers to peacock pieces that take over the entire head, Song said several dozen of his designs will be on display to bid on.

“I got a lot of inspiration this year from Dr. Seuss who I love, I grew up with Dr. Seuss and there’s lots of colors … it’s so in at the moment,” he said.

And what’s also in is giving back. While weeding rotten tomatoes from the bunch, Song said he’s wanted to volunteer his time with Forgotten Harvest for a while.

“It’s amazing how one dollar donated can feed four people in the community, that’s like nothing. It’s a coffee that I buy every day, it can feed 12 people,” said Song.

The fundraiser is Thursday Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Madison Building in Downtown Detroit. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, visit


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